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Change can definitely make an improvement, and this is also true when it comes to your home. Whether you just moved in or want to freshen up the place a bit, DIY projects are great ways to make things look a little different or to repair some damage that is in the home. These projects also allow you to care for your major investment while on a tight budget, only requiring some minor equipment and a little elbow grease.

Painting and decorating the home is perhaps the most common of all DIY projects, and there is a good reason for that; there is no other kind of project that makes such a big impact for little money and time. Whether you want to paint inside or outside the home, you’ll need to follow the same basic procedure. First, come up with a plan and choose colours that meet the style of your home while flowing well between spaces.

Powder coating is one of the most popular DIY jobs. People have been spraying homes and cars for years. For this, you’ll need to purchase: a powder coating system, an industrial oven to cure the powder coating, and a metal cabinet for storage. Industrial suppliers that sell powder coating equipment usually only have these in bulk. You’ll need to look around for other suppliers who sell smaller quantities of powder coatings in London.

One way to quickly up the value of a home is to replace the plumbing fixtures and sinks with modern counterparts. Using basic equipment, you can easily disconnect the plumbing, replace the faucet and sink and reconnect the assembly in just a matter of minutes depending on the complexity. This may require a second person to assist as one adjusts the water supply while one places the replacement piece.

Decorating in the form of replacing cabinet pulls, hinges and doorknobs can make a nice impact while still remaining on the beginner level for new do-it-yourself project managers. Typically, a screwdriver is the only thing needed to accomplish this kind of project. In addition to this, chances are good that you would only need an hour at the most to make a nice impact on your home.

If you ask most homeowners what part of the home is the most important, many will be ready to chime in and point out the kitchen. When it comes to remodelling rooms, the kitchen is the most overhauled, and the design of the kitchen can greatly affect the value of any home at all. Fortunately, changing the way this room of the home looks does not nearly require the same kind of complications as with other rooms in the home. Replacement kitchen doors are a good way to start. Repainting or buying a new type of material can help alter the look of the room. Refinishing already-sturdy cabinets can save thousands while adding instant appeal. It is possible to add moulding, paint the walls or even provide some new finish to cabinets to make a quick and easy change.

Of all basic projects to complete at home, changing the floor is likely the most difficult. However, it is simple to learn with a little time spent on the subject. With the evolution of snap flooring systems, ceramic tiles and wood laminate flooring, any homeowner can quickly change the floor in the span of a weekend with some help from a friend. Consider looking at a local home improvement centre to see if the place offers a free class on the equipment and techniques required. On the other hand, wall to wall carpet installation should not be considered a simple project to complete at home.

Adding additional storage can make a massive difference. Whether you’re adding storage to your home or garage, adding cheap shelving units can de-clutter your rooms and give an illusion of additional space. You can buy shelving units ready constructed, in flatpack form or opt for bespoke shelving units to fit an small or unusual space.

If you’re taking on a larger DIY project such as a full renovation, you can guarantee that there will be a lot of waste and rubble to clear. It is best to plan ahead and hire a skip before you start making any changes so that you can clear away any waste as you go. Skips are available in a range of sizes including mini and midi. Ensure that the skip firm you use are licensed with the Environment Agency to carry waste and that they are able to obtain a road permit on your behalf.

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How to Choose a New Front Door

The front door of your home doesn’t only keep you safe and sound.  Sure, it keeps what should be outside on the outside, and that which should be on the inside, happily on the inside, but that only covers part of a front door’s function.

Your front door is one of the first things people see on looking at your home.  It gives a first impression of who lives inside and what can be expected of the rest of the house.  Your front door is an important part of your home’s presentation, of its welcoming people and of the whole of the property.

When it becomes time to replace your front door, you should take this into consideration, as well as, a multitude of other things.  You need to decide between many different types of materials, colours, design, style and safety.

Things to Consider When Planning to Replace your Front Door:

  1. Decide on a budget; what can you spend comfortably? A front door is an investment that can improve the value of your home, but if you overspend on the door itself you might have to forfeit on other changes that might be needed surrounding the door replacement e.g. remodelling the entry features or adding a step.
  2. Consider the size of the doorway; if it is not the regular size, you should remember to take measurements before looking at styles or types of door. If you have room for widening the door opening, you can choose a bigger door, but you need to keep in mind that more costs will be incurred for the modification of the rest of the entrance.
  3. Choose a style that will complement the rest of your home; your front entry door also represents you, your family, and what is on the inside of your home. A good style and great design will also add curb appeal to your home.
  4. The Material of the door; this might be the most important thing to consider. You’ve decided on budget, size and style, now the material you choose should bring it all together.

Traditionally doors were made of wood, fibreglass or steel.  But not all of these materials are able to meet the criteria of being able to handle exterior conditions and might need regular maintenance.  There are also various other types of materials for use in front doors, but, the most popular doors are currently composite doors. Continue Reading